Monthly Archives: September 2016

Drawing The Line…

The pic says it all: enough is enough…  So the line being drawn in the sand is not about who is in the little Surrey Heath Borough Council club called the conservative group, it is that line being drawn between politics based on emotion and politics based on facts. I’ve been removed by the leader’s pique of raging emotion, one that has damaged and will damage the Council for many years to come. I’ve watched this get worse and worse in the last year or so.
Unfortunately, people dominated by emotion are detached from the truth of the actual world that we actually live in. Up becomes down, left becomes right, black becomes white, and so it goes. Whilst you can try and put up with it for awhile, at some point enough is enough…
In the next few days we will discuss the fake-lawyer credentials of the leader, the debacle of the Camberley Town Centre, the state of the A30, how the patronage is dispensed by the leader, and why it’s not going to change voluntarily. However, understand this: I am not surrendering my beliefs as a Conservative, and I am not going to stop representing my fellow residents of Frimley as a Councillor.
Conservatism made simpleSo, if you can’t stomach the delusion any longer, does that make you a bad Conservative???  Well, myself and several others believe that in fact it makes you a stronger one. One willing to stand up for what he believes in, the values espoused by one of our greatest leaders: facts not emotion. Stay tuned…

The Messenger is Shot

So, you can shoot the messenger, but the message lives on… Last night 23 of my former Surrey Heath Borough Council Conservative colleagues (out of 36) voted for me to leave the Group because they did not like the hard questions I keep asking about the Council’s Operations.  Well guess what girls, the questions aren’t going away for the residents of Surrey Heath. This graphic sums it up best:

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The Tosser…

Finally Tosses Himself Over…

Thank God Dave, you finally put us out of our misery…  Ever since January when you publicly decided to be the Prime Minister of half the country, you have demonstrated to everyone the tosser that you are.  We are a whole country, when you stood for Prime Minister, you agreed to be PM for all of us, not just those who wanted to remain with the  tax and spend Eurocrats…

How about a new career of running shopping malls? I know of one…

Conservatism made simple

Being a Conservative, made simple

So what makes a Conservative? Fortunately our former leader made it very clear a couple of decades ago, and it’s still true today.  It was clearly captured in the Maurice Saatchi interview on the Today Programme on 9th April 2013:

Free market, Small state, Low taxes, Independence, Individuality, Self determination
The object when she was leader of the opposition in the mid 70’s when she established the centre for policy studies (CPS) was to promote an ‘ism called conservatism. which in her mind was a philosophy, and the object of the exercise was to explain that philosophy and see if people would support it, and now we have a situation all these years later when you can tap anyone on the shoulder anywhere in the world and ask them what Mrs Thatcher stood for and you will get a straight answer in a second.
It couldn’t be simpler, the motive was exactly the same as it was with the founding the CPS. Interesting enough it translates down in to several things for local government:
  1. Serve the constituents, first and foremost. It is the reason for government, to serve the primary interests of the constituents. Not for the constituents to serve the Council… That money & those assets you hold are theirs, not yours…  Serve them for a couple of terms, not a couple of decades…
  2. Keep the taxes low. Stop raising Council Taxes for things you really don’t need. Unless you can show exactly why you absolutely have to raise them, just stop…
  3. Transparency in everything you do. In the digital age we live in, there is no excuse not to let the public in on what you are doing, particularly if you are a small, under £20M/annum Council. Hold hearings and consultations on any significant decision; that public is a lot smarter than you think they are…
  4. Individual votes published at all times. Publish how each councillor votes on every issue, secret votes are cowardly votes. Let them explain it to their constituents
  5. Answer the questions, don’t shoot the messenger. Diversity of opinion is a strength not a weakness.
Do many Conservative Councils have the guts to live up the the legacy of our former leader? Not many that I know of…